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Records: Pinellas County woman arrested for abusing disabled teen told police she was 'stressed out'

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 12:42:25-04

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — A Palm Harbor woman is facing charges after holding a pillow over the face of a "totally disabled" 17-year-old boy in March, according to arrest records.

The documents state 55-year-old Machell Jackson yelled, "Shut the f*** up," at the victim while holding the pillow over his face. After her arrest on Friday, Jackson admitted to doing it and told police she was, "stressed out."

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The victim has no mobility and is unable to verbally communicate, the records say. He is fed through a G-tube because he aspirates on anything that goes into his mouth.

Machell was arrested by the Largo Police Department for aggravated child abuse with a deadly weapon. Records say because she took the pillow from behind the victim's head and placed it over his face it constitutes as a deadly weapon.

The relationship between the victim and suspect is not made clear from the records.